Hi all at Queens Crap,
Today I write to you as a concerned and fed up resident of Elmhurst, Queens! I grew up in Elmhurst since a child and Elmhurst was once a nice residential neighborhood with hard working people and today it is a much different Elmhurst (second largest Asian community to Flushing, both in Queens). Little concern or care from the lower class people who moved in. The remaining who do care, I feel have just given up. Not to mention very little help or attention from elected officials, there should be an incentive to get this neighborhood in shape.
The zoning has never been changed since before my grandmother moved there and she moved there in 1940, so who knows the last time zoning was changed. Therefore you can expect a lot of out character buildings/housing not to mention distasteful and awful looking mess of properties with garbage and so on. Very few people care for their gardens or even have gardens anymore. It is just very sad.
After all this ranting the most important is the infrastructure and care for simple maintenance to bigger issues such as street repairs that are left to worsen. But with constant buildings under construction and projects going on the infrastructure will worsen and so will traffic and congestion. My thoughts are, there needs to be an immediate of downsizing of the zoning (which should of been done along time ago) and community initiative and support from at least our Councilman, Daniel Dromm. Or else all will be lost and I have some hope that things can get better. Since the 90's this overdevelopment and lack of concern has only escalated with no action of reasoning or community concern.
Here are pictures from my block which is Dongan Avenue in Elmhurst, my block is located between Queens Blvd. and Poyer Street. There is a huge sink hole that has been there for almost 2 weeks with no sign of help or concern and believe me it has worsened.
311 was called by a few neighbors but nothing still done.
There is another picture of a city parking sign down, it is completely out of the ground.
Another picture shows the endless building of apartments in the neighborhood this building being built on the corner of Queens Blvd. and Dongan Avenue (which is above the river in Elmhurst, this project has been ongoing since problems with the water table). My block isn't even in the worst condition compared to many issues in this neighborhood. I just want to show people another neighborhood in Queens that no one seems to care about and is only being abused for profit meanwhile stripped of any beauty. The usual articles are about Jamaica, Flushing or Astoria. Well welcome to my sad Elmhurst. - anonymous